I have the pleasure to host the awesome Liza O’ Connor with her latest release, a sweet romance, Luck be an Angel, today. It’s a perfect read for Valentines day.
I remember once applying for a job at a Japanese firm in New Jersey. They spent a whole day having me meet various polite Japanese fellows. Finally, at the end of the day, I was sent to a female American in personnel. She didn’t mince words as she explained I had no shot of being hired, nor would I be able to do my job as a strategist if they did hire me. The Japanese men would never listen to me. In exasperation, I asked why they had just wasted their day and mine. “While they don’t have to hire you, they do have to allow you to apply. That is the law.”
Having wasted my time really pissed me off! So I suggested the woman should be the first person on the list instead of the last.
In my book, the situation is reversed. It’s Ethan who is told by Sara she can’t hire him because the townspeople wouldn’t approve of a man living in her house.
Reporter, Ethan Long, is sent into the backwoods of Arkansas to investigate a woman who claims her sixteen boys were born by Immaculate Conception. Not believing in divine intervention, Ethan plans to uncover the identity of the man who continues to impregnate Sara Smith every year, leaving her to raise her sons on nothing but luck and love. He enters their home as a tutor and eventually discovers the truth, but not before he has fallen in love with Sara and her wonderful boys. Now he must face his own crossroad in life and decide whether to follow his heart or his professional obligations.
“I’m sorry I wasn’t here to meet you. I was outside hanging laundry. I appreciate your patience with my eldest. He’s sixteen going on twenty.”
Mr. Long smiled at her comment. He had a very nice smile and good teeth. Her ma would have liked his smile.
Why was she thinking of her mama so much today? Probably ‘cause she could use some good advice. Oliver wasn’t the only one waking from nightmares these days.
“You’ve got wonderful boys,” Mr. Long said.
“And a lot of them,” she added and laughed.
He chuckled. “That, too.”
She liked his laugh. It was warm and heartfelt. She sighed. If only he were a woman!
“Mr. Long, I’m sorry you had to travel all the way out here, but I can’t hire you.”
Disappointment shone in his dark eyes.
“I’m sorry, but I need a female teacher.”
His frown deepened. “For sixteen boys?”
She could tell by his tone he thought her nuts.
She laughed softly. “No, the boys would much rather have you. But the townspeople would be very upset if I were to let a man live here.”
His jaw tightened. “That would be the same townspeople that kicked your boys out of their school?”
She chewed her bottom lip, wondering where Mr. Long had heard that. “They had no choice. I’m no longer in city limits.”
Mr. Long sighed and studied her, as if trying to figure her out. “Has anyone else applied for the job?”
She chewed her lip some more. “Not yet.”
“What did your boy mean when he said now they wouldn’t take them away?”
She’d say this for Mr. Long. He could find the weakness in her argument faster than lightning. “If I don’t find a teacher by the end of this week, Social Services said they might have to take the boys.” Tears gathered in her eyes at the thought of losing her boys. The Child Protection woman kept insisting it was the best thing for them, and if she really loved them like she claimed, she’d let them go to good Christian homes. Sara wanted to do right by her sons, but deep in her heart, she knew they were better off here. Nobody could love her boys better than her.
Mr. Long gently touched her hand, bringing her attention back to him. “Then before you send me off, don’t you think you should make certain you can find a woman teacher?”
Luck be an Angel
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
Other Books by Liza:
A Long Road to Love Series
Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance
White Oak Mafia Series
Snarky, Romantic, Suspense Thriller
Often Humorous, Contemporary, Romance/Suspense
Standalone books with a special twist
Even the strong can use a helping hand when life gets hard.
Humorous, Contemporary Romance with Ghost & Ghost cat
Sweet Contemporary Romance with a Paranormal twist